Kate Walker and her team reached out to us with this very heart-warming mission — to help create a beautiful world for Rye Johnson and his family. The KWD team is working with Peninsula residents Brooke and Rhys Johnson and their children Rye, Jed and newborn Bowie Bel to build their forever home. However, throughout the design process they’ve had to be mindful in making considerations for the Johnsons’ very special boy Rye. At just eight years old, he’s battling cerebral palsy and undiagnosed regression. He’s such a special soul, and unfortunately his condition has no diagnosis and therefore at the moment there is no cure.
The local community and KWD have closely followed Rye’s life through his Instagram, @ryesworld_. KWD decided to join forces with the beautiful family to help them design a space that will cater to the whole family’s needs. So far, they’ve designed a separate wing that’s designated purely for Rye and his carers. In addition, it has wheelchair access and of course enough room for their growing family. And just like that, KWD is helping to bring all of the design elements together.
KWD’s donation of design services has been supported by Carpet World, which has joined in as the supply partner to help make this house a wonderful sanctuary for the family, who ultimately spend a lot of time at home. KWD has been thrilled by the number of people approaching them and offering their services, including labour, products and advice free of charge. This got the design team thinking. It takes a village to raise a child, right? Especially one with special needs. So it also takes a village to build a home. So they’ve decided to put it out into the amazing Mornington Peninsula community and call for anyone who can add anything to support this family in achieving their dream. The house is currently nearing its plaster stage, so it’s the finishing touches that they require assistance with. So if there are any good Samaritans in the painting, decorating, furniture, soft furniture, paint supply or landscaping world who are moved by this story, please contact the KWD office, which will co-ordinate the trades. If you wish, your business can be shared on their social pages as well.
KWD hopes to turn this house, where the budget has run out for things like furniture, artwork and a garden, into a finished home for the family. They look forward to helping the Johnson family realise their dream of building a safe, comfortable and beautiful home, and they’re thrilled to create an inspiring environment for Rye and his siblings.
Mornington Peninsula Magazine and Erica McPherson have just announced that the named charity for their inaugural Glamorlicious event will be Rye’s World. The event will be held on Thursday, October 3, and everyone’s invited to glam up for a delicious lunch at the iconic Ranelagh Club in Mount Eliza. From noon until 4pm, the focus will be on glamour. Expect some great raffles that will support Rye’s World. This fun day will be filled with heavily laden goodie bags and loads of prizes to be won and given away from our generous supporters. Adrian Dickens from Circa Ad Jewels will present Diana, Princess of Wales – The Jewels Of A Modern-Day Princess. Grab the girls and get in quick to book your table because seats are limited to this event. There will also be top class entertainment from the inimitable Lady Fox. For tickets, please visit
A pool is the ultimate goal both for Rye’s therapy and enjoyment, so let’s rise to the challenge as a community and come together for this very special endeavour to help make this family’s home the best it can be.
Follow the journey on Instagram @ryesworld_ and you can also contact Kate and her team at www.katewalkerdesign.com.au or phone 5974 1800.